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Police Union President Placed On Leave Amid Abuse AllegationsThe Associated Press

A spokeswoman for the Albuquerque police union says its president has been placed on leave amid allegations she abused a teenage relative.

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This week President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, replacing the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The new law gets rid of many of the standardized testing requirements that had been in place under No Child Left Behind, and gives states more leeway in designing their own education standards.

Public Health New Mexico spoke to U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, who supported the bill, about what the changes mean for our state.

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City Council Allots Funds To Recruit And Retain Police Officers - Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The Albuquerque City Council voted on Wednesday night to commit $8.2 million to recruit and retain police officers.

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It’s no secret that the state’s jails have become default treatment centers for people dealing with mental illness. But a task force has come up with tangible steps to find a better solution.

Resources For Refugees In Albuquerque

Dec 9, 2015
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Newly arrived refugees can feel isolated and are often unprepared for daily American life. In New Mexico, the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque is reaching out.

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NM Judges Weigh 'Speedy Trial' Changes For Bernalillo CountyAssociated Press

New Mexico justices are hearing from prosecutors, public defenders and law enforcement officials as they weigh changes to a state Supreme Court rule meant to cut down the backlog of criminal cases awaiting trial in Bernalillo County.

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KUNM Call In Show 12/10 8a: In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, there's been an uptick in anti-Muslim rhetoric in response to the shootings. 

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Albuquerque Sunday to welcome Holly Holm home as the newest victor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s women’s bantamweight division.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Confront Reduced Revenue ForecastAssociated Press

State revenue projections are shrinking as New Mexico lawmakers begin to hammer out budgetary priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/17 8a: What do we know about gun violence in the U.S. and in New Mexico? And when is a shooting considered a "mass shooting"? We'll look at myths and facts about shootings and discuss possible solutions to gun violence.

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Mon. 12/7, 7p: We´ll be in the kitchen of the architectural historic local treasure, Los Poblanos and La Quinta, with a New Mexican culinary treasure: Chef Jonathan Perno. He cooks for us a MEXICAN CHOCOLATE pie to share in our holidays. It´s easy to prepare in your own kitchen with your children around: enjoy this ¡Espejos de ... chocolate! Be ready to smell it...

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Albuquerque native Holly Holm is the newest women’s bantamweight champion in professional mixed martial arts fighting. She was showered with love Sunday afternoon when thousands of her fans welcomed her home for the first time after she won the title last month.

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New Mexico Officials To Roll Out New Revenue Estimates Associated Press

New Mexico's top finance officials are expected to outline new revenue projections that will shape how lawmakers begin to set budget priorities ahead of January's legislative session.

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Trial Set In Freeway Shooting That Killed 4-Year-Old Girl - The Associated Press

The trial in a New Mexico freeway shooting that killed a 4-year-old girl is tentatively set for October 2016. Tony Torrez, the suspect in the Oct. 20 shooting in Albuquerque, appeared in court Friday for a scheduling hearing. 

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The independent monitor responsible for overseeing reform of the Albuquerque Police Department said the new policies APD has drafted so far have been poorly organized and difficult to understand.

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Company Seeks To Activate Permit For New Mexico Uranium Mine Associated Press

Rio Grande Resources' underground uranium mine in western New Mexico has been idle for years but the company wants to change that.

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Folks gathered in Albuquerque in support of Planned Parenthood in response to a deadly attack on a clinic about a week ago. But just hours before the vigil, shooters in San Bernardino, California, killed 14 people and wounded at least 21 more. 

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The University of New Mexico may eliminate a program that trains future educators how to teach natural sciences.

UNM’s Natural Sciences Program has been training primary education majors for 20 years. Professor Mel Strong says students learn not only how to understand natural sciences, but how to teach them as well.

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Temporary Injunction Issued On New Mexico Teacher EvaluationAssociated Press

A Santa Fe judge has issued a temporary injunction against New Mexico's teacher evaluation system amid an ongoing legal fight between teachers unions and the state.

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NM Trial Set To Begin For Suspect Accused In Homeless Deaths – The Associated Press

The jury trial for a suspect accused of killing two homeless men who police say were attacked as they slept, and were beaten to death with cinder blocks and other various objects is set to begin Wednesday in Albuquerque.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/3 8a: Politicians have been arguing over the idea of resettling Syrian refugees here in the United States—and in New Mexico—in the wake of the Paris attacks. We'll ask whether taking in these refugees represents an unacceptable risk—or whether it's our moral obligation to help those fleeing war. We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments on our Facebook page, or call in live during the show.

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Albuquerque Prepares To Swear In 5 City Councilors  The Associated Press

A new city councilman is expected to be sworn in on Tuesday in Albuquerque.

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Hundreds of people have populated Pajarito Mesa just Southwest of Albuquerque for decades. But without addresses, fire trucks, ambulances or sheriff’s deputies have struggled to reach these residents when it matters most. Bernalillo County is offering what officials said they hope will be a good solution. 

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New Mexico Lawmakers To Discuss Campaign Finance Reform – The Associated Press

New Mexico Sen. Peter Wirth is going to try again to close loopholes within the state's campaign finance system.

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  Albuquerque's Popular Luminaria Tour Sells Out In Hours - The Associated Press

 

Tickets for Albuquerque's annual luminaria tour have sold out in record time.

The city's transit system, ABQ RIDE, says the 3,600 tickets that were available for the Christmas Eve event were gone in about four hours. It took 12 hours to sell out last year.

ABQ Ride has been helping with the tour for more than 50 years.

Pie Town Revisited

Nov 27, 2015
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During the Depression, photographer Russell Lee made a famous series of color images of Pie Town in remote southwestern New Mexico.  Lee was there for the FSA, the Farm Security Administration, documenting homesteaders and their families who had been uprooted by the Dust Bowl.  70 years later, photographer Arthur Drooker retraced Lee's footsteps.  The result is Pie Town Revisited, published this month by UNM Press.

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New Mexico To Share In Federal Energy Revenues – The Associated Press

Oil and gas development and mineral production on federal and tribal lands in New Mexico have netted nearly a half-billion dollars in revenues for the state.

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New Mexico Dem Leader Unsure On GOP Driver's License Fix 
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New Mexico House Minority Leader Brian Egolf says he's not ready to support a GOP-sponsored proposal creating a "two-tier" driver's license system modeled after Utah.

Teeniors Connects Youth And Elders

Nov 25, 2015
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Technology is increasingly a major factor in everyone’s life. Advances in smart phone, computer and TV technology demand higher and higher levels of tech knowledge. For older folks, adapting to these newer devices isn’t always that easy. But a group of younger folks is stepping in to help.

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People are about to have a whole new opportunity to watch the flocks of sandhill cranes that are overwintering in Albuquerque. 

 

“It’s truly incredible to live along this major migratory flyway,” said Beth Dillingham, the superintendent at the Rio Grande Nature Center Sate Park.

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